This extensive database contains information on the lives and service of Civil War soldiers who were born in Norway.

The data was compiled from research conducted between 1997 and 2003 by Jerry Rosholt, a journalist and later producer for NBC Nightly News. In addition to the database, Rosholt served as guest historian a major exhibition on Norwegians in the Civil War at Vesterheim and authored a companion volume. Ole Goes to War: Men from Norway Who Fought in America’s Civil War, by Jerry Rosholt, is available through Vesterheim’s Museum Store.

Please see the “Soldiers’ Names” tab for more information about rural Norwegian naming customs and the name changes that often occurred after emigration to the United States. Send additions or edits to the database to

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AABERG, Ole Olsen

From Valders, Norway. Civil War: Private. Post war: Died in Gjerpen, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, in 1888. Sources: (Ulvestad p266)

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AABERGE, Solfest

Residence: Dane County, Wisconsin. Born 24 Jan 1841 at Sogndal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, son of Peder Solfestsen Aaberge and Ragnild Johannesdatter Feigum. Came to America in 1847 with his parents and siblings. Civil War: Post war: Married Mary Bolette (1856-1888). Died 17 Dec 1899. Buried at Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Wisconsin. Brother of soldier John…

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AABO, Christian

Residence: Twin Valley, Minnesota. From Telemark, Norway. Indian War: Private. Sources: (Ulvestad p266)

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AABY, Christopher Halvorsen

Residence: Willborg, Minnesota. Born 1843 in Sigdal, Norway, a son of Halvor Sebjornsen and Ingbor Aaby. Civil War: Private. Post war: Died 1906. Sources:

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AABY, Sigbjorn Halvorsen

Residence: Willborg, Minnesota. Born 1827 in Sigdal, Norway, a son of Halvor Sebjornsen and Ingbor Aaby. Civil War: Private. Post war: Died 1905 in Brookings County, South Dakota. Sources: (Ulvestad p266,287) “Aaby, Sebjorn”

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AADING, Anton O.

WI 19th Inf Co B. Born in Sweden. Civil War: Enrolled 23 Jan 1862. Corporal. Re-enlisted 12 Feb 1864. Promoted to Sergeant. Discharged 14 Jun 1865. Post war: Moved to Dakota Territory. Joined Dakota GAR Post No. 44 on 22 Feb 1884. Sources: (GAR Post Descriptive Book, folder 6, North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies,…

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Unit unknown. CSA. Residence: LaSalle County, Illinois. Born in Tysvaer, Norway. Came to America in early 1840s. Volunteered in the war against Mexico. Civil War: Went south when war broke out. Post war: Died in Indiana. Sources: (

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WI 27th Inf Co H. Residence: Dunn, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Loge, Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 43. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion, 5’5”, medium build. Enlisted for three years on 19 Aug 1862 at Dunn. Mustered 25 Oct 1862 at Milwaukee. Wisconsin. Bounty $100. Private. Transferred to Company K of the Wisconsin…

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WI 16th Inf Co C. Residence: Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 43. Blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion, 5’4¾”. Drafted. Enrolled for one year on 19 Sep 1864 at Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin. Mustered the same day. Private. Was with Sherman through the Carolinas. Discharged from the service…

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AAE, Bjørguf Saamundsen

WI 23rd Inf Co D. Born 9 Feb 1840 in Kviteseid, Norway, son of Saamund Aslaksen Aae and Gunild Saamundsdatter Dalen (Uncertain of parentage). He came to America with his mother and siblings on “Washington”, which arrived in New York on 5 Jul 1843. They came to Pleasant Springs Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. Civil War:…

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AAGAN, Frederick

IL 23rd Inf Co K Consolidated. Residence: Not shown. Born in Norway. Civil War: Sawmaker. Age 25. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’6½”. Enlisted for one year on 20 Mar 1865 at Chicago, Illinois, and mustered there the same day. Bounty $100. Private. Promoted to Sergeant. Mustered out with his Company on 24 Jul…

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AAKER, Andreas

See GROVEN, Andrew


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